RiverKings' Grace Selected to All-Rookie Team

By: David Schmoll
March 26, 2014

HUNTERSVILLE, NC -- The Southern Professional Hockey League announced its 2013-14 All Rookie Team as selected by a vote of SPHL coaches, general managers and media representatives. The RiverKings' Mike Grace earned one of the two SPHL All-Rookie spots for defensemen.

"It's a great accomplishment for 'Gracer,'" RiverKings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Derek Landmesser said. "He is very deserving of it and we are extremely happy for him."

Grace, 24, signed a three-game tryout contract on October 26 and has appeared in all but one game for the RiverKings this season. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Rochester, NY native registered three goals and 27 assists in his rookie campaign. Grace's 27 assists and 13 power-play assists each ranked him fourth among SPHL defensemen and his 30 points placed him sixth amongst the league's blueliners.

2013-14 SPHL All-Rookie Team

F - Garrett Vermeersch, Peoria Rivermen
F - Joe Caveney, Pensacola Ice Flyers
F - Francis Drolet, Knoxville Ice Bears
D - Mike Grace, Mississippi RiverKings
D - Jason Gray, Columbus Cottonmouths
G - Kevin Genoe, Huntsville Havoc

To see the full release from the SPHL, click here.

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Photo Credit: John Coffin

RiverKings defenseman Mike Grace (pictured) earned SPHL All-Rookie Team honors after a regular season that saw him rank fourth among the SPHL's defensemen with 27 assists and sixth with 30 points.

Posted by David Schmoll at 10:21 AM

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